German newspaper Die Welt has been less than flattering with their assessment of Mesut Ozil’s performance in the 2-2 draw against Cameroon.
Germany’s preparations for the World Cup in Brazil continue at a rapid pace but Die Welt has suggested that Ozil struggled during the friendly match yesterday and branded the £42.5 million star ‘disappointing’.
“There was no one who even had an idea. There was hardly anyone who once ran into the free space and brought the ball leading colleagues in position - Offensively Gotze and Ozil disappointed – Gotze was hardly blinding for the game, as well as Ozil, who was absolutely a disappointment,” reports Die Welt.
Arsene Wenger may not be too happy with the German publication’s assessment of his player considering the inconsistency Ozil showed over the second half of last season for the Gunners.
There were serious questions raised over his confidence and Wenger could accuse the German press of not helping in terms of helping Ozil maintain the momentum he carried forward over the final few games of the last campaign.
The biggest literal blow to Ozil’s confidence will come if Jorgi Low decides not to start him at the World Cup in Brazil, which is a distinct possibility according to the German paper, which gave a glowing review of Germany’s other central midfield options against Cameroon.
“Thomas Muller and Marco Reus were the only exceptions - Muller was the best German on the pitch.”
Several reasons were attributed to Ozil’s dip in form at the back end of last season and Wenger is now tasked with bringing in the calibre of players who could help the German mirror the form he showed at the start of last season.
It’s not a surprise that national newspapers are so lethal right now, because the World Cup brings out expectations and the Germans are one of the favourites to win the tournament in Brazil.
Ozil has time to recover and put in a more impressive performance against Armenia this Friday. He still stands a great chance of starting in that first game against Portugal.